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Volume 4, Issue 4      October - December, 2016

CONCENTRATION OF MACRO NUTRIENTS IN DRY FOLIAGE OF RUSSIAN OLIVE (ELAEAGNUS ANGUSTIFOLIA)
 

Aliya Noreen1, Ghulam Raza1, Haibat Ali1, Khadim Hussain2, Saif uddin1, Qandeel Zehra2, Babar Hussain2*, Syed Waqar Hussain2, Yawar Abbas2, Rashid Alam3, Nadia Ali1

1Department of Environmental Sciences, Karakoram International University Gilgit-Pakistan.

 2Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency, Gilgit-Pakistan (GB-EPA).

4Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Anhui Agriculture University China.

 

ABSTRACT

 

To be acquainted with the essential nutrients for plants for the sake of their growth is an important aspect of successful production of crops. These macro nutrients are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Calcium (C), and Magnesium (Mg). Elaeagnus angustifolia is a small tree and it is also called a large shrub. It has silvery leaves and thorny body. This species is tolerant to saline as well as alkaline soils and is hosted from Russia. This essential plant nutrient research will definitely help to solve such nutrient deficiency problems. This aim of present study was to explore the importance of essential nutrients for livestock and to assist farmers in the selection of fodder and forage. The results showed that concentrations of N, P, K, Ca and Mg in the dry foliage of Russian olive were 3.75, 0.558, 4.37, 2.459 and 0.769 % respectively. It may be concluded from the results that the range of N, P, K, Ca and Mg in the leaves of E. angustifolia was very close to sufficient range of plant N, P, K, Ca and Mg content.

Keywords: Essential nutrients, Elaeagnus angustifolia, Fodder and forage

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